Frieze Los Angeles 2022
February 2022

As we were working on this issue, the great California painter Wayne Thiebaud passed away. In an Art21 clip, Bruce Nauman—who had been his teaching assistant at UC Davis—described how Thiebaud, as a teacher, 'taught people how to pay attention.' This line came to mind when Christine Messineo, the new director of Frieze Los Angeles, suggested we theme this issue on education. I thought about how much there is to take in in this great metropolis and, as the fair moves to an exciting new location in Beverly Hills, how much there is to pay attention to this Frieze Week. Christine her-self provides a re-cap of some of the must-see activity around LA (p. 2). With learning in mind, we also profile some of the artists leading education in the area (p. 16), salute Barbara Kruger as teacher (p. 56) and meet the collector couple who see graduate shows as opportunities to support artists (p. 28). Nathan Seabrook’s cover image, from his photo essay (p. 44), is all about coming to know Los Angeles through a series of enigmatic glimpses. Learning is a business of looking, too.

—Matthew McLean, creative lead, Frieze Studios

From this issue

As Maestro Dobel Artpothecary heads to Frieze Los Angeles, Creative Director Alejandra Martinez talks to Mexico City-based brothers Alexander and Andreas Díaz Andersson

Sponsored by Dobel

The duo discuss collecting as a cultural introduction, and the joy of supporting artists at the outset of their careers

From Rodrigo Valenzuela to Eric-Paul Riege, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art’s curator will centre Black, Brown, Indigenous and queer narratives for this year’s Focus LA

BY Amanda Hunt AND Olivian Cha |

Marko Gluhaich profiles five figures leading the charge in education in Los Angeles and beyond, from Catherine Opie to Mercedes Dorame

BY Marko Gluhaich |

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the landmark feminist performance space ‘Womanhouse’, Lauren Guilford introduces us to three spaces that shaped the Los Angeles art scene as we know it

BY Lauren Guilford |

To mark Kruger’s retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, artist Math Bass reflects on their former professor

BY Math Bass AND Chloe Stead |

The founder of Los Angeles-based studio Waka Waka on his distinct design language, which combines Japanese craftsmanship with Memphis Group wit

BY Janelle Zara |

To mark Frieze Los Angeles 2022 legendary new neighbour, Gracie Hadland looks at the historic comings and goings of the hotel's infamous clientele 

BY Gracie Hadland |

The artist and creator of the fair-campaign imagery for Frieze Los Angeles talks about encapsulating a city’s “moments of depth and detail”

BY Nathan Seabrook |